2022 Kia Stinger Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Fuel system and structural issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

As a high-performance vehicle, the 2022 Kia Stinger is meant to create excitement. After all, the automaker claims it was “built to thrill.” Yet, the only thrill experienced by drivers is trying to figure out how long it will be in the shop for repairs on the defective electrical system, malfunctioning fuel system and poorly-built structure.

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Problems with the Electrical System

Considering every vehicle runs on a sophisticated electrical system, this is one area where the automaker should never lack. Yet, there are some massive problems to deal with when it comes to the 2022 Stinger.

One NHTSA complaint says, “The contact owns a 2022 Kia Stinger K5. The contact stated that with the key inserted in the ignition and turned to the ON position, the locks failed to automatically lock as designed. The failure only occurs while the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle was securely locked using this method a few days ago, whether the vehicle was tuned ON or OFF. The contact stated that the vehicle was only automatically securely locked when the vehicle was turned off. … stated they had a similar failure with the Kia that was traded for the current vehicle. … stated that the vehicle had also displayed an odometer reading of 7,400 miles however, the following day the mileage was 200. The dealer was contacted however, there was no reply. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.”

Beyond this, Kia admits to other failures. Service Bulletin #PS704 for the Kia Stinger talks about how the front radar sensor might illuminate a light that creates issues with the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control systems. Considering how much people rely on these technologies, it doesn’t seem very safe that they are faulty. The “thrill” of this vehicle is whether or not it’s going to work from day to day.

Problems with the Fuel System

While fuel is needed to make the car go, it should never smell of gasoline inside the cabin. Yet, that’s what appears to be happening.

Just read what this NHTSA complaint says. “In March of 2021 we purchased a 2022 Stringer after driving vehicle. Me and family members noticed car had STRONG GAS SMELL that DID NOT go away. As a matter fact SMELL got STRONGER to the point we started getting HEADACHES every time we rode in this vehicle. I contacted Sale Person who sold us the vehicle advised him car smells of STRONG GASES who informed me to contact Service Department and let Service Department know the problem I’m having with my new purchase 2022 Stringer which I did. After reaching out to service department! phone was given to Service Manager who informed me all new vehicle have a coding which makes cars smell of gas however, smell should go away after 2,000 continue driving miles. Per Service Management continue driving vehicle if smell doesn’t go away He will check vehicle out. SMELL DID NOT GO AWAY we felt like we we’re going to DIE smell was so strong that is when I contacted Dealership spoke with several people letting them know this car is going to blow up at least it smells like it.”

The complaints goes on to state, “Once I spoke with financial Department Management informed him of problem we were having with vehicle and TOLD HIM I’M NOT DRIVING VEHICLE ANYMORE IT IS GOING TO BLOW UP GAS IS SO STRONG per the financing Manager he DID NOT BLAME ME HE ALSO suggested We not DRIVE Vehicle. I had it towed in to dealership for several days hear from no one about car was told per service manager car was being checked out by KIA’s top mechanic it’s ok to drive now it is dry there is no moisture we can drive it. Unknown to me what is wrong with this car but something is TERRIBLY WRONG with this car. No I don’t feel safe to drive this car with me nor my family we felt like we were going to DIE in the car SMELL was that STRONG.”

There are even bigger issues with the engine. Service Bulletin #TSB_CLI050 says that the heater hose clamp on the engine may have been installed incorrectly. Considering how simple this task is, it’s clear that the engineers and production line are not working together. This car shouldn’t leave with the wrong parts installed. After all, it doesn’t take rocket science or a massive college degree to put an appropriate part in the right place on a vehicle. Maybe it’s time for those robots to take over the production line. There would probably be fewer mistakes.

Problems with the Structure

The 2022 Kia Stinger doesn’t even seem to be put together correctly. Driving in a car making squeaks and creeks doesn’t leave someone feeling secure.

Just check out this Edmunds review. “There have been a lot of rattles coming from the driver’s side door and sunroof. The biggest issue is the paint chipping from day one of buying the car. Still working out that with Kia consumer affairs. As of a month of trying to get resolved, still no luck.”

Kia is aware that this car has serious issues. Even discussing headlight concerns with Service Bulletin #TSB_BOD055_R1. Of course, the company also pawns off some of the troubles as “normal,” leading people to feel crazy. The biggest “thrill” with driving this car will be the day it can be traded in for something better.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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